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Battle of Wits
Ninth Edition

Reviewed July 12, 2005

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.66
Limited: 1

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* Game Store Owner

Battle of Wits

I have no idea what this card got reprinted. I don't think there's truly anything wrong with it I'm just wondering why. However, I have to admit that it's neat have an additional win condition in the core set. This card can only make it back to the top tier of decks if the search spells that are available allow it. You've got to have ways of getting to Battle of Wits in a timely manner.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 1

Paul Hagan

Battle of Wits

I have always felt that Battle of Wits was slightly overrated, even on its last trip through Type II. You actually *can* make a fairly consistent deck that utilized this alternate win condition, but if you know how to play against it, they never seemed to do as well as a top-tier deck should. Expect Battle of Wits to make a slight impact once 9th Edition hits, but I don't see it being something to be too concerned about.

Since I'm supposed to cover limited, I guess I can sum the Battle of Wits / Limited link up in a single word: garbage.

Constructed Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 1.0


Battle of Wits

Ah, it's back! The card that on its own created a nice sub-format deck for those seeking something interestingly different. Battle of Wits is all about proving that seeming randomness can be built and tamed into making a particular event transpire, namely, get this thing on the board while you still have 200 cards in your library. For those that enjoy the challenge, Wizards has given us a few more years of challenge.

In limited, it's completely unplayable, of course, since you don't have the card pool or the tools to make it happen.

In casual, this can be a lot of fun and quite a challenge against your friends. Definitely something for everyone to try sooner or later in their Magic career.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 5 (for challenge value)
Limited - 0
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